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Homeless man imprisoned for 13 years is free

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Stanford law school students Gabriel Martinez and Reiko Rogozen listen with Gregory Taylor during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. Stanford law school students Gabriel Martinez and Reiko Rogozen listen with Gregory Taylor during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who spent 13 years behind bars for trying to steal food from a Los Angeles church kitchen is a free man.

As Gregory Taylor left the jail on Thursday, he was greeted by happy family members.

On Monday, a Superior Court judge reduced his sentence to eight years already served.

Taylor was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison under the state's three-strikes law because of his two prior robbery convictions.

He appealed but a court upheld the sentence in 1999. A dissenting appeals court judge said Taylor was a contemporary Jean Valjean, comparing him to the "Les Miserables" character who was imprisoned for stealing bread.

Taylor plans to work for his brother's food pantry in Pomona.

 

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